A. Yeah, I do. I love filmmaking. I know people who get their degrees and never make a movie, but that’s a shame. I don’t know anything about the filmmaking world as it stands. It’s so small. It’s so vast. And if you really want to get into that world and make your own film, that’s it. It’s all there.
Q. Do you have any regrets about anything you’ve done while using your degree?
A. Oh my God. Probably the biggest one was when I got my bachelor’s in English, and I found out that I didn’t actually have experience reading Shakespeare.
Q. How did you know that you didn’t actually know it?
A. Oh God! I was a freshman, but no one ever told me. Maybe I’d think that my English professor didn’t mention it because I was a junior, but of course it wasn’t mentioned. That was the one thing that I didn’t do the same way, that wasn’t done as well as I should’ve been with it.
Q. And so how did you overcome that so that, like, you still know the words to “King Lear”?
A. [laughs] No.
Q. What happened when you finally did “King Lear?”
A. I had it in my mind for two years. I was in my office and I was writing and I was reading and I think I got the whole thing in my head. I had rehearsals, and so it was just sort of a matter of, okay, what’s the thing that I’m going to do that’s going to be my greatest performance and make the most art out of that piece?
Q. What’s the key difference between studying Shakespeare and studying your craft?
A. The difference between me being a student of English and studying my craft is that I’ve got a whole library of books for the arts. I can go into the classics for a year and discover things. I have a whole bunch of Shakespeare. I don’t have a college degree on paper, but, yes, I really love Shakespeare. I really love Shakespeare. I like learning how to do it the best. I don’t have any regrets about it. I think you learn better by doing. I’ve done that. I’ve done that a lot over the years.
Q. So you can’t have any regrets about it? It’s all in the
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